The NATO Medal is a decoration presented by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to recognize international NATO military members who have participated in various peacekeeping operations.
There are currently numerous versions of the NATO Medal in existence, for service in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, two for service during Article 5 operations (Eagle Assist, Active Endeavour), and eight for Non-Article 5 NATO operations (ISAF, Resolute Support, Balkans, NTM-Iraq, Africa, AMIS, OUP-Libya, and Pakistan). In addition, there are corresponding clasps for operations such as ISAF, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, NTM-Iraq and clasps designating Article 5, and Non-Article 5 designations. There is also a NATO Meritorious Service Medal, with a “Meritorious Service” clasp as well.
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Nato Meritorious Service Medal
The NATO Meritorious Service Medal was approved by the North Atlantic Council, and is awarded to military and civilian personnel who have been commended for providing exceptional or remarkable service to NATO. The Secretary of Defense has approved the acceptance and wear of the NATO MSM for U.S. military and civilian personnel.
Nato Meritorious Service Medal Eligiblity
Eligible personnel are individuals serving permanently or temporarily within NATO’s operational chain of command or in those forces under NATO command or control, or in a NATO Body, who are commended personally by a Commander or a Head of a NATO Body for:
- Performing acts of courage in difficult or dangerous circumstances; or
- Showing exceptional leadership or personal example; or
- Making an outstanding individual contribution in any activity or program; or
- Enduring particular hardship or deprivation in the interest of NATO
Nato Meritorious Service Ribbon
Nato Bosnia Medal
Awarded to U.S. military personnel for service under the NATO command and in direct support of NATO operations.
Nato Bosnia Medal award is authorized by the Secretary General of NATO for specific NATO operations relating to the Republic of Yugoslavia.
In accordance with Executive Order 11446, the Secretary of Defense, with concurrence of the Secretary of State, has approved acceptance and wear by U.S. service members who meet criteria specified by the Secretary General of NATO.
Nato Bosnia Medal Eligiblity Criteria
Acceptance of the NATO Medal has been approved for U.S. military personnel who serve under NATO command or operational control in direct support of NATO operations in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, or as designated by Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), from 1 July 1992 – 12 October 1998.
- Former Yugoslavia: 30 days service inside or 90 days outside the former Republic of Yugoslavia after July 1, 1992 to a date to be determined.
- Kosovo: 30 continuous/accumulated days in or around the former Yugoslavian province of Kosovo from October 13, 1998 to a date to be determined.
Nato Bosnia Ribbon
Nato Kosovo Medal
Nato Kosovo Medal award is authorized by the Secretary General of NATO for specific NATO operations relating to Kosovo. In accordance with Executive Order 11446, 16 January 1969, the Secretary of Defense has approved acceptance and wear by U.S. service members who meet criteria specified by the Secretary General of NATO effective 13 October 1998 – Date to Be Determined (DTBD).
Nato Kosovo Medal Eligiblity Criteria
U.S. military personnel who serve under NATO command or operational control in direct support of Kosovo NATO operations
- Operations Allied Force (24 Mar 99 – 10 Jun 99)
- Joint Guardian (11 Jun 99 – DTBD)
- Allied Harbour (4 Apr 99 – 1 Sep 99)
- Sustain Hope/Shining Hope (4 Apr 99 – 10 Jul 99)
- Noble Anvil (24 Mar 99 – 20 Jul 99)
- Kosovo Task Force Hawk (5 Apr 99 – 24 Jun 99)
- Kosovo Task Force Saber (31 Mar 99 – 8 Jul 99)
- Kosovo Task Force Falcon (11 Jun 99 – DTBD, coincides with Joint Guardian)
- Kosovo Task Force Hunter (1 Apr 99 – 1 Nov 99).
Nato Kosovo Ribbon
Nato Medal Order of Precedence
The NATO Medal shall have the same precedence as the
United Nations Medal, but shall rank immediately below the United Nations Medal when the wearer has been awarded both decorations. Nato Medal is worn before
Multinational Forces and Observers Medal
Nato Medal Authorized Devices
To recognize subsequent awards (if approved by the Secretary of Defense) for service in a different NATO operation, U.S. Service members will affix a bronze service star to the NATO Medal suspension ribbon and service ribbon.